A skilled, experienced teacher is required to provide a full-time home school education for a 10 year old girl following the US curriculum. The family live in Dubai and travel for periods throughout the year. The tutor will be expected to design and deliver an appropriate program of study to maintain academic standards to allow for a straightforward transition back to school when required. The tutor will also be required to act as a mentor and to encourage and facilitate social interaction including developing projects to be accessed by other children.
The girl is 10 years old. She was previously educated in a US Montessori school, and home schooled by a tutor for 2023. The intention is that she returns to Montessori, either in the USA or in an International School in time. She comes from a very supportive and engaged family, with parents who are actively involved in her development and who want to give her every possible opportunity to thrive and to fulfil her considerable potential.
She is a good student academically, being quite organised and conscientious, although with a tendency to rush things sometimes. She gets a great deal from her self reflective internal assessments of her mood and emotions. This is supported by her use of a computer based program which encourages learning to listen, working in a team with her peers, learning how to communicate, and the importance of the hypothesis, development, refinement model of planning.
She is interested in a broad range of areas, from science to acting, trampoline to gardening. It is important that this enthusiasm for learning is maintained. Playing, individually and with friends, is very important for her. She speaks Italian, American English and Russian and has some Spanish. Teaching should be carried out in English.
The teacher will have suitable experience and expertise teaching students of 10-12 years and will be comfortable teaching according to the US system.
They will be required to design and deliver an appropriate curriculum, taking into account the location and opportunities provided by that. The intention is that the student is provided with an inspirational learning experience as well as an effective one. The teacher should take full advantage of the situation to provide an excellent education. They should be able to adapt their teaching style as required to provide the maximum benefit for the student.
The role is much broader than just teaching – there is a mentoring and caring element to it as well. The tutor is expected to engage with the student in play and leisure activities as well as in more formal lessons to encourage her general development and to help her to grow as an individual. In many respects this aspect of the role is more important than the academic teaching. The student’s general development and behaviour etc is vital. Her emotional and spiritual growth should always be considered and these aspects should be incorporated into lessons.
The tutor will generally have weekends off, but this may not always be possible. They are expected to be involved with the family as requested. When the weekend is spent with the student then time off in the week will be arranged in compensation where practical.
It is important that activities, particularly those outside the home, are thoroughly planned in order to reduce stress and pressure on the family.
The clients are very involved in their daughter’s upbringing and want to be included in some lessons and activities. This role must be considered as a partnership with the parents, who should be consulted regarding plans, and whose comments and observations should be welcomed.
Opportunities should be sought, in conjunction with the parents, for the student to meet and interact with other children of her age, and the tutor should be actively involved in this process. These opportunities could be as simple as joining local clubs, but should also include more proactive activities such as setting up projects and activities for local children to get involved with. The intention is that the tutor is actively involved in the student’s life, and that of the wider family, to build a rich and varied educational experience in the broadest sense of the word, not just in the classroom, but in life in general.
Screen time should be limited to genuine educational applications.
Any regulatory requirements should be fully understood and complied with. BESL are responsible for ensuring that the student completes the requirements of third grade to allow her to progress when she returns to mainstream school.
Full records of all teaching and learning activities and progress must be kept up to date.
During periods when there is no active tuition required the tutor may be required to assist the family with other administration work as necessary.
The tutor must not smoke or vape.
HOURS AND HOLIDAYS
This is a full-time position. The tutor will work with the student throughout the week, with a varying timetable to fit in with the family plans and the current activities . Flexibility is required as one of the advantages of this approach is that the family are not constrained by school timetables etc. The tutor must be able to respond to changes of plan as they arise.
The tutor will work with the student throughout the week, with a varying timetable to fit in with the family plans and the current activities .
Flexibility is required from the tutor to fit with the daily plans. The tutor should expect to work at the weekends sometimes and should not expect to have a strict start and finish time each day. The clients will work with the tutor to confirm plans on a weekly basis.
The tutor must be able to respond to changes of plan as they arise.
It is expected that there will be 5-10 hours per week of preparation time for the tutor as well as the contact time with the student.
45 days holiday per year, prorated to 36 for the contract period.
To be taken at times agreed with the client, likely to be in the following time periods:
- October 9 – 17 (7 days)
- Thanksgiving week (5 days)
- 2 weeks in December (10 days)
- Spring break: Feb 24 – Mar 2 (5 days)
- plus another approximately 9 days
During working time the client will provide meals as required, but otherwise these are the tutors responsibility.
The tutor may be required to provide online tuition while the family are travelling. This will be arranged to be at a convenient time for the student for up to 4 hours per day. For example, if the tutor is in Dubai and the family are in the USA then the online tuition could be during the night time for the tutor. Consideration will be made on all sides, but the priority will be the student’s needs.
ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL
Housing stipend to be provided in lieu of accommodation in Dubai.
Client to provide any necessary visa.
The tutor will be provided with accommodation nearby in all locations.
All costs associated with travel will be covered by the client.